Belleville Planning Commission views outdoor retail site plan

BELLEVILLE — The City of Belleville’s Planning Commission met on March 1 to view a site plan for an outdoor retail shopping center. Present at the meeting were mayor Mark Eckert, director of economic development Annissa McCaskill, city engineer Tim Gregowicz, wastewater director Royce Carlisle, building commissioner Jeff Heidorn and committee More...

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By Jake Leonard On Sunday, March 5th, 2017
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Sullivan may become second Republican ever to be Peoria’s Township supervisor

PEORIA — Republican Dan Sullivan won a landslide victory February 28 over Mike Aiello in the Republican primary election. Sullivan, whose victory was a result of a whopping 87% of the vote, will join a short More...

By Jake Leonard On Sunday, March 5th, 2017
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State rep named economic VP at OSF HealthCare

PEORIA — Illinois state representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) has added one more line item to his impressive resume: vice president of economic development for OSF HealthCare. Spain will work to boost economic More...

By Jake Leonard On Saturday, March 4th, 2017
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Rauner activates State Emergency Operations Center following tornadoes

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to help ensure the state’s prepared to help through local emergency response teams following tornadoes More...

By Reuters On Friday, March 3rd, 2017
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U.S. authorities raid Caterpillar’s Illinois facilities

The Caterpillar Visitors Center is seen behind the U.S. national flag in Peoria, Illinois, November 26, 2013. (REUTERS/Jim Young) Timothy McLaughlin CHICAGO (Reuters) — Federal law enforcement officials conducting More...

By Jake Leonard On Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
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Federal grants to fund four projects in region

WASHINGTON — The Rural Development agency under the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently rewarded grants totaling $78,000 for several projects in U.S. Representative John Shimkus’ (R-Collinsville) More...

By Jake Leonard On Sunday, February 26th, 2017
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Seventh Circuit Poised to Knock Down Hurdle for Illinois Third Parties

The following was previously published on the Courthouse News Service website on February 24, 2017. CHICAGO (Courthouse News Service) – The Seventh Circuit lent a sympathetic ear Friday to the Libertarian Party’s More...

By Jake Leonard On Friday, February 24th, 2017
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Cheri Bustos passes on opportunity to run for Illinois governor

PEORIA — U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) will pass on running for governor of Illinois next year. The three-term Congresswoman announced her decision Monday after several weeks of deliberation and discussion More...

By Jake Leonard On Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
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Illinois ranked among least happy states

The following article was previously published on the Illinois News Network website. SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) — Illinois ranked in the bottom third for happiness, according to the latest Gallup More...

By Jake Leonard On Monday, February 20th, 2017
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Illinois Libertarians give seal of approval to Allen Skillicorn’s campaign fairness bill

BLOOMINGTON — The Libertarian Party of Illinois recently declares its support toward a new measure introduced by state representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) which if passed, would offer greater fairness More...

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